Hello there dear.
Don’t be confused!
I have had 3 sets of dreadlocks, and in the recent post I made, I showed images from my second set.
Special note for everybody- Do not ever crochet hook extensions into your roots or crochet hook in extra hair for added thickness. This will grow out looking like a hot mess, and it will be much more difficult to brush out than a regular lock would be. DON’T DO IT! You’ll be really sad. .____.
The second set had small locks- I wound up with about 100, all with sections about 1x1cm or a bit bigger.
Let me tell you, on straight hair, that is a nightmare to care for and keep nice!!
(I don’t have many pictures from that time, so I will just repost the last image) Check out how skinny those guys are:
(note: see the one lock on the left side of the image near my collar? it’s thinner than a chopstick! ridiculous for my hair texture!!)
On my most recent set, I had about 50 locks with about 1x1 inch sections!! That is pretty much exactly twice the section size they were before. They were much easier to manage and came in quite a bit thicker in appearance:
(Why am I holding my arms up in both photos? Do not question me!!!!!)
With the 1cm sections, I had locks that were all thinner than a pencil. With 1 inch sections, I had locks that were all thicker than a pencil, but thinner than a marker.
I hope this helps to clarify!!
Now, for making your dreads thicker, you may want to check out our combining and resectioning tags. This ask in particular may help you!
I really hope this is what you were looking for, and good day to you!
Your locks will loosen and do funny things after you start them. They may get puffy (common for locs started on afro textured hair with comb coils) or frizzy (common for pretty much all hair textures!).
Straighter hair textures may develop loops, and kinkier hair textures may develop small little lumps of locking areas called buds.
All of these things are signs of progress.
You do not get perfectly locked hair from day one. This is a process which will take several months and continue on through a few years if you choose to let your hair stay locked that long.
When I set up my locks, they are initially tight, but even as someone who does regular crochet hooking, I’m here to tell you that they often loosen and do wacky little things.
Don’t stress it. Just separate them daily, wash them regularly, rinse them thoroughly, and enjoy them!
If you’d like them to stay neat looking, you have the option of crochet hooking them once or twice a month (or doing retwists at the same pace if you have afro textured/tightly curled hair).
Take care, and happy locking!
Note: The word ”locs” is only for the use of those whose racial heritage includes African ancestry. (For more detailed information about why that is, click here.) As I am not of African descent and identify as white, I do not and will not use this term to refer to my hair (I use “dreads” or “locks” instead).
Alright, so the post from the other day with my ugly little baby locks can be seen here: linky-loo
Here’s some progress photos for those who are interested:
(above: my bad little unflattering baby locks. many of us go through this goofy weird stage)
(above: my little baby locks after having some time to calm down. they don’t look so wild, but they’re still not amazing.)
(above: my extended locks. I added human hair in a few months after starting this set, so the “calming down” was definitely aided by the weight of the extensions)
Remember this: We are not hair care professionals on this blog. Any hair coloring advice given should be taken with a healthy pinch of salt and a dash of skepticism.
I actually used color oops to remove color from my dreads.
Here’s the video review and tutorial I made. As dreadlockinfo is a polite, PG blog, I will forewarn you that I swear more often than normal in that video so beware of the swears!
It worked incredibly well, and if you don’t live in the US, I believe there are comparable products to Color Oops available in the UK and Europe. I’m not sure about other countries, but if you’re determined, you can find anything with google!
If the red is a color you’ve added with a temporary color brand like manic panic or another direct deposit dye, color oops WILL NOT WORK at all on it.
You’ll have to either wash the direct deposit color out, wait for it to fade, or bleach it out.
For bleaching, well, that is a dangerous matter that you attempt at home at your own risk. :) Again, google can lead you to information on bleaching your hair at home.
You can always consult a hair care professional about these matters. It is the safest route as they are trained in these things! If they are unfamiliar with locks, just instruct them to rinse your hair for a FULL 10-15 minutes when they are removing any color removing products.
If you want to stay true to your natural/freeform/neglect method, there’s not a tooonnn you can do. If you make an effort to encourage your locks to grow together, they will mostly do so at the root and they will likely grow out as one, with two or three separate tails that will never grow together.
Dreads that are fully mature (over 1 year old or more) just don’t grow into each other.
So you’ve got the option, and if you’ve got the patience to wait for the thicker root to grow out, you can go for it!
Another option you might take would deviate from a freeform purist’s plan with their locks. You could manually intervene.
What you’d do is brush out several small locks in the same area, and re-dread them manually into fewer locks. You could combine 2-3 small locks into one or however many you’d like. Remember that the initial thickness of your locks is thinner than they will be eventually.
This means that if you’re manually setting up your locks, you might want to shoot to make a lock that is a bit more than half the thickness of the lock you’d eventually hope to have. A section larger than a US quarter (or larger than 2.5x2.5cm) will give you a potentially thick lock. (This will vary for everyone).
If you’d like to stay as true as possible to your freeforming desires, you could do backcombing only when you re-make your locks. I’d suggest this backcombing tutorial.
We have other methods on our Starting Methods page if you’re interested. :)
Unfortunately, shiny kanekalon is shiny and it will stay that way.
Here is a link to the disappointing answer I had to give to someone else in your same situation:
This is called “felting,” which involves using a felting needle, which look different than a sewing or crochet needle.
Please NEVER use a felting needle for maintaining your locks. Felting needles are designed to help very fine fibers from sheep and other animals to become beautiful works of art. Felting needles are for arts and crafts, not for human hairs!!
Felting needles are really not designed to work with human fibers (hair) because human “fibers” are much much thicker in diameter than wool fibers or fibers from other animals (like camels or rabbits).
This is a close-up picture of felting needles. They are designed with tiny, sharp barbs to catch tiny fibers and help them get packed together to create a felted item. These same tiny barbs have the potential to SLICE your individual hairs and weaken your individual strands. Needle felting your locks is a maintenance technique that we do not ever condone because it is actually damaging no matter how you do it.
If you want to simply felt some wool onto your locks for added color, check out this video. This is okay to do as a once or twice thing to make your locks colorful.
If you are looking for a maintenance method that can help you to pull in loose hairs or tighten your locks, please consider crochet hooking instead.
If done improperly (meaning too frequently, too tightly, or very roughly), your locks can and will be damaged from crochet hooking. If done properly, and no more than once every two weeks—unless there is a single, isolated spot you need to fix—and with a gentle hand and proper technique, it can help to tighten your dreads with little to no damage.
Here is my video on crochet hooking.
I hope this is helpful to you!